Breastfeeding Month brings many stirring thoughts to mind. Some revel, some argue, and some, argue even more with formula feeders.
|Because no god in any for or name discriminates the child who needs to feed, or the mother who obliges.|
|Used to bring a diaper bag, then switched to these waterproof 20-liter and 3-liter sling bags for solo daytrips. Enough to hold Lia’s stuff and mine too, including food and drinks.|
|It would haven’t been as easy hiking this hill in Mariveles with Lia if I had so many feeding stuff in my bag.|
A quiet trip means happier travels for moms. Unfortunately, tantrums are an everyday reality for parents, traveling or not. You can bring a favorite toy, food and liters of yummy juice, but there will always be those moments when a child’s tantrum is simply inconsolable.
I don’t know about you, but nothing puts my kid to sleep faster than the breast. The magic’s in the milk. Whatever stage your child’s in, breastmilk contains sleep-inducing hormones that relaxes the nerves and the mind (thus, item #3). When it’s nap time, my kid breastfeeds and in 15 minutes she’s zonked out , whether on the beach or in the bus. It lets me enjoy the trip better and to take photos with one hand more conveniently.
Since Lia and I co-sleep, breastfeeding via side-lying position makes it more convenient when she wakes up for night feedings (she does till now, many times a night). Over the years, it’s become a reflex that I have learned to just sleep while nursing. No getting up at night and walking around like a milk-shaking zombie, no waiting for her to finish a bottle. It keeps me energized for next-day activities, be it a swim, a hike or more running around with the tot.
|Breastfeeding station, SM North EDSA.|
And as a bonus, whatever I save from not buying formula, I am able to allot to other fun travel stuff. Like more budget Sundates with me tot.
So with all that nipple tugging, acrobatic nursing and breastfeeding-on-demand during solo trips, will I finally swear off nursing for good?